In a fast paced end to end contest this afternoon Newcastle found themselves one goal down at half time against a good Valencia side.
Newcastle were probably the better side in the first half and were unlucky to be behind.
Early in the first half Martins showed his pace to great applause from the Newcastle crowd as he burst away towards goal from his marker Abiol, but Oba was then brought down.
Nâ€™Zogbiaâ€™s free kick did not test the goalkeeper.
The Newcastle side were playing well, and playing typical Keegan type football, passing the ball around and the side looked well organized and free-flowing. Very good to watch.
N’Zogbia then got past Miguel on the left and burst away into the penalty area and although it was a tight angle Nâ€™Zogbia did well to force German goalkeeper Hilderbrand to make the save.
But then when is looked like Newcastle would be the first team to score, Valencia surprisingly went ahead.
A high ball came in from the left and a Valencia player headed the ball back and over Claudio Cacapa, and suddenly Joaquin was open and clear – and he slotted the ball nicely past Given.
Given was not pleased with the goal, and he must have wondered how the center of our defense was opened up so easily. Not a good goal to concede.
But then after around 42 minutes Newcastle put together a simply beautiful move with flowing passes from defense. Milner on the right, then cut in and turned the defender inside out before flashing a shot that whistled passed the goalkeeperâ€™s left hand post.
A brilliant move by Newcastle that would have been a text book breakaway goal.
So Newcastle are behind at the interval, but the lads seem full of life and the second half promises to be more excellent entertainment for the crowd.
It would also be nice if we can win this game.